Raiders Coach Dennis Allen fired? No, but the rumors persist
It’s Monday morning, and Dennis Allen still has a job.
At least as far as we know.
But it’s kind of telling when the fact that someone has not been fired is considered newsworthy, don’t you think?
Sunday night, following the Oakland Raiders’ 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in London, there were rumors aplenty that the coach was a goner. After all, the team has actually taken a step backward in Allen’s third season.
The Raiders are now at 0-4 heading into their bye week. In each of Allen’s first two seasons, they started 1-3 on their way to 4-12 records.
Associated Press reporter Terry Collins even went as far as to tweet, “My sources tell me that @RAIDERS head coach Dennis Allen is fired and an announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.”
Soon after, however, Collins deleted the tweet and posted on Twitter: “Please disregard my recent tweet about the Raiders. These rumors haven’t been confirmed by the AP. I’m sorry,” and “I have no information about the status about the Raiders coach. I was never covering the story.”
Note that Collins states that the rumors haven’t been confirmed, not that they are false. His original statement could turn out to be 100% accurate -- it isn’t Tuesday yet and bye weeks are often the time when such changes are made.
But there is at least one person out there who thinks Allen will emerge from the week off as the Raiders coach. Allen told reporters after the Dolphins game, the team’s 10th straight loss dating back to last season, that he thinks his job is safe.
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